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June 7, 2013 Contact: Marian O'Briant


Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force uncovers four meth lab sites and 15 separate labs Thursday

Blount County Sheriff James Lee Berrong said today investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force charged four people and uncovered fourth meth lab sites Thursday afternoon.

Eric Calvin Cable, 31, of Piney Level Road, Maryville, was charged with two counts of promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine as a result of two "one pot" meth labs found in the basement of his residence Thursday afternoon. Investigators also found another "one pot" meth lab in a bag a short distance from his house. Cable was originally taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment for injuries sustained in a prior accident. He was released from the hospital late Thursday. At around 9:45 last night, deputies responded to Cable's residence to the call of a domestic disturbance. The two female victims said when Cable arrived home he assaulted them and put them in fear for their safety. In addition to the meth charges, Cable was also charged with two counts of domestic violence with assault. He is being held on bonds totaling $52,000 pending a hearing in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. June 13th.

Later Thursday afternoon. Investigators with the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force were conducting an investigation on possible drug activity in the parking lot of Walgreens on Hall Road. When they arrived, they discovered two "one pot" meth labs in vehicles in the Walgreens parking lot. Four people were taken into custody. All four individuals were decontaminated at the scene. One female was released without charges. As a result of that investigation, investigators discovered another meth lab site at a residence on Taconia Way in Seymour. At that residence, they found 10 separate "one pot" meth labs. The three individuals charged are as follows:

" Crystal Gail Baker, 34, Robinson Drive, Louisville. Charged with promoting the manufacture of methamphetamine. She is being held on a $2,500 bond.
" Anthony Ray Covert, 31, Highway 72, Maryville. Charged with initiating the process of the manufacture of methamphetamine. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.
" Thomas Richard Miller, Jr., 40, Regrase Road, Maryville. He is being held on a $10,000 bond.

Baker, Covert, and Miller will all make appearances in Blount County General Sessions Court at 9 a.m. June 12th.

The Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force was on the scene of all four meth lab sites to neutralize the labs and dispose of the hazardous materials.

The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force is aggressively investigating all meth-related crimes as a result of the increase in meth activity in Blount County over the past few months. The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force is now offering $100 cash for information that leads to the arrest of meth cooks in Blount County. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force at 865-977-SANO.
The Fifth Judicial Drug Task Force is comprised of officers and deputies of the Blount County Sheriff's Office, the Alcoa Police Department, and the Maryville Police Department. All investigators are members of the Tennessee Methamphetamine Task Force.

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